This is the latest at the personal blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else: Neanderthals — Archaic Human Cousins or Descendants of Adam?
It’s a continuation of a couple of items he posted a year ago — see Hambo and His Neanderthal Relatives, and then Hambo Says Neanderthals Were Fully Human. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A rather lengthy article appeared recently in The Scientist regarding Neanderthal DNA and its appearance in our own genome. Contrary to what evolutionists expected, Neanderthals and what they call modern humans had children together. [Gasp!]
This is the article he’s talking about: Neanderthal DNA in Modern Human Genomes Is Not Silent. You can read it on-line. It mentions that Humans and Neanderthals both lived in the Middle East around 50,000–55,000 years ago, but Hambo doesn’t refer to that chronology. He says:
Since this was an unexpected (in their view) discovery, researchers have been digging to see what marks Neanderthals left in our DNA. And they’ve found that those marks may influence (in some people of certain descent) skin shade, immunity, susceptibility to depression, and even whether someone is a night owl or a morning person. What does this tell us from a creationist perspective?
Yeah, what’s the creationist perspective? No one knows more about that than ol’ Hambo. He tells us:
Well, it confirms what creationists have been saying for decades — Neanderthals were humans, just like us. [Just like Hambo!] I often get asked who the Neanderthals were. The answer is actually simple, when we start with God’s Word. All humans are descendants from Adam and Eve.
That certainly is simple. He continues:
Neanderthals were clearly human — they made jewelry, buried their dead, played musical instruments, fashioned and used tools, and married — and had children with so-called modern humans. Therefore, Neanderthals were descendants of Adam and Eve, just like us.
Just like us! Let’s read on:
The genetic variants that make Neanderthals unique were likely present in the genomes of one or more of the eight people who survived the flood on the ark.
So at least one of those eight people was really ugly! Another excerpt:
And, following the flood, at the Tower of Babel, the human gene pool was split apart when God confused the languages and people spread over the earth leading to the formation of the different people groups (with unique cultures).
The Ark landed around 4,300 years ago according to ol’ Hambo. A whole lot of human history happened since then. Anyway, Hambo ends with this:
Neanderthals aren’t a mystery. They were simply humans, made in God’s image, who lived during a difficult time in earth’s history: the post-flood world and the ice age that followed the flood.
Ah yes — the non-scriptural ice age. Anyway, there you have it, dear reader. Hambo is proud of his Neanderthal relatives — and he’s also proud that he ain’t no kin to no monkey!
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